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Matinee Theater

All Episodes 1955 - 1958

  • Ended
  • NBC
  • 1955-10-31T00:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 3 days, 1 hour, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama

73 episodes

1x02 One for the Road

  • 1955-11-28T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A man who left his wife and infant son turns up years later. He drops in for a visit at the home of his now-married son and grandchildren. His sudden appearance and penchant for gambling wreak havoc in his son's home.

1x03 The Touchstone

  • 1955-11-29T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A once successful writer, who now verges on the alcoholic, makes one last attempt to sell his latest work. When this fails, he must decide which is more important, personal integrity or money.

1x04 Wuthering Heights

  • 1955-11-30T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

This is the tragic love story of a man and woman who fall in love as youngsters, but each married another.

1x05 The Brass Ring

  • 1955-12-01T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A young intern tries to convince his fiance she shouldn't have the responsibility of supporting her divorced sister and the sister's child.

1x06 Therese.

  • 1956-12-03T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x09 Mr. Krane

  • 1956-01-03T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x10 Dracula

  • 1956-01-07T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x11 All the Trees In The Field

  • 1956-01-11T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

An elderly father is being pressured by his family to sell his orange groves to a real estate developer. He resists but starts to reconsider when he considers that his tomboy grandaughter could use the money to develope her singing career.

1x13 Cave-in

  • 1956-02-03T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

During all the years of their married life, Helen has been bullied by her husband Phil--about the neglected house, her ill health and the care of their son. Lately, Phil has been seeing much of Ruth, their next-door-neighbor, whose husband Matt, according to Phil, is ""an unambitious cop."" A terrible accident reveals Phil as he really is.

1x14 The Brat's House

  • 1956-02-11T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

In a Korean battle five Americans become detached from their company. They take over a hut in which they find and capture two North Korean soldiers, and an orphaned youngster. The boy soon becomes their mascot.

1x15 Mysterious Mr. Todd

  • 1956-02-12T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A shy school principal and a rising young attorney are both in love with the same woman. A man who looks a great deal like Abraham Lincoln arrives in town as a summer boarder and becomes involved in the situation.

1x17 Valentine's Day

  • 1956-02-14T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The daughter and sister of a pretty widown decide to play Cupid. Both want to marry her off to a likely suitor. - Tv Guide

1x18 The Last Battlefield

  • 1956-02-16T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A Polish merchant learns that his teen-age son and daughter have been won over to communism. He laboriously arranges an escape from the country, with his rebellious son virtually his prisoner. Even in Sweden their trouble continues, as the son informs on a priest who has aided their escape. - Tv Guide

1x20 Dinner at Antoine's

  • 1956-03-05T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A beautiful young socialite is found murdered.

1x21 The Mating of Watkins Tottle

  • 1956-03-06T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A middle-aged bachelor thus far has avoided matrimony. His friends, knowing he is in need of money, arrange a meeting with a prospective bride who might be willing to support a husband.

1x22 Summer Cannot Last

  • 1956-02-15T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A mother discovers she is falling in love with the man her daughter has married.

1x23 The Catbird Seat

  • 1956-02-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A meek little file clerk turns into a veritable tiger when his boss hires an efficiency expert. His file system has worked for 30 years. and he's not going to change it for an efficiency expert.

1x24 The Shining Palace

  • 1956-03-08T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A husband has definite ideas about bringing up his children. He feels his way of life on an isolated island is better than letting his offspring be subjected to education and other ""cruelties"" of civilization.

1x25 Her Son's Wife

  • 1956-03-07T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Three generations come together to celebrate the grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary. During the evening the newly wedded granddaughter insists on modeling her grandmother's wedding gown.

1x26 The Odd Ones

  • 1956-03-09T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A woman art instructor entering her 30s falls in love with a pupil younger than she. Her overbearing brother tries to convince the woman that the artist is only using her to further his career.

1x27 Silent Partner

  • 1956-03-22T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Following the death of her husband, a widow insists on keeping his tailor shop open even though business is falling off. A long-time friend, who has been in love with her for many years, tries to convince the grief-stricken widow she is making a mistake by treating the shop as a shrine to her husband's memory.

1x29 Winter in April

  • 1956-03-27T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

An elderly man of letters supports his orphaned teen-age granddaughter. When he hires a young male secretary, the girl believes she has fallen in love. -Tv Guide

1x31 Bread Upon The Waters

  • 1956-03-28T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A young couple moves into the ground floor apartment of a mansion owned by an elderly woman. The husband at first resents the fact that the old lady imposes on his wife to do household chores. Then they learn they have been made sole heirs in her will. -Tv Guide

1x32 The Giant Killer

  • 1956-03-29T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A man is determined to prevent his teen-age daughter from leaving home and entering a convent - Tv Guide

1x33 The Book of Ruth

  • 1956-03-30T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

This is the well-known story of Biblical times about Ruth, whose devotion to her mother-in-law tkes her into a new land among strangers.

1x34 Ask Me No Questions

  • 1956-04-10T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

When a confirmed bachelor who owns a restaurant tries to sell his special recipe for a salad dressing, he gets involved with a beautiful girl FBI agent.

1x35 The Lark Shall Sing

  • 1956-04-16T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A young English couple decide that they will live with the groom's aged mother after the wedding. When the bride puts up her house for sale, her five brothers and sisters, whom she has not seen for years, descend upon her from all corners of the British Isles to try to prevent the sale.

1x36 In Dread of Winter

  • 1956-04-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A governess, in love with the father of her charge, is dismayed when she learns the widower is unaware of her feelings and plans to marry another woman. In her bitter disappointment, the governess turns the young boy against his prospective stepmother in an effort to prevent the marriage from taking place.

1x37 The Century Plant

  • 1956-04-18T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The idyllic existence of an American college professor, who has moved with his second wife and two children to Mexico, is menaced by the sudden appearance of his first wife, who is determined to win him back.

1x38 The Babylonian Heart

  • 1956-04-19T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The fifth wealthiest woman in the world hires detectives to trail her fifth husband and ensure his faithfulness. The husband decides to regain his freedom by arranging his own ""death.""-Tv Guide

1x43 Alumni reunion

  • 1956-09-26T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

A young man is trying to keep up pretenses even though the business he inherited from his father is failing. He is furious when a practical joker at the alumni reunion asks him if he needs a job. -NBC

1x45 Julie

  • 1956-12-05T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

1x46 Prominent Citizens

  • 1956-12-17T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A wealthy industrialist offers to revive the dwindling industry in a small town. In his ruthless business dealings he threatens to ruin the town banker. The other prominent citizens are forced to choose between the banker and the industry the town needs so badly.- TV GUIDE

2x01 A Case of Pure Fiction

  • Season Premiere

    1957-02-13T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A well-known woman mystery writer believes she has found the way to commit the perfect murder. Unknown to her, a greedy nephew, who stands to inherit her money, plans to make her the victim of her own ingenuity.

2x02 The Master builder

  • 1957-02-14T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

Halvard Solness a brilliant architect and builder, becomes moody and afraid of life as he grows old. Hilda a girl who represents the younger generation comes into his life at this point and inspires him to change his attitude.

2x03 The Others

  • 1957-02-15T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

The governess of two motherless children believes they are possessed by the spirits of two deceased servants.

2x04 The Remarkable Mr. Jerome

  • 1957-07-08T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

the story of the romance of Jennie Jerome, an American girl, who fell in love with the son of the Duke of Marlborough, Lord Randolph Churchill. Against the wishes of their parents, the young sweethearts plan to marry. Based on the biography by Anita Leslie of the parents of Sir Winston Churchill.

2x05 The Bridge

  • 1957-02-20T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A 15-year-old boy who suffers from lack of attention tries to get attention from his mother by showing off a watch he has stolen.

2x06 The Hickory Limb

  • 1957-02-21T05:00:00Z — 60 mins

A teenage daughter tries to effect a reconciliation between her divorced parents. The father is a famous author who has never had time for his family.

2x12 But when she was bad

  • 1957-07-11T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

The child star of a TV show has her father convinced she is capable only of angelic behavior. But when the father falls in love with a script girl and decides to marry her, his daughter attempts to cause trouble. - Tv Guide

2x13 Strong Medicine

  • 1957-07-10T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

In 1874 a former New York city policeman walks all the way to Texas to claim a ranch left to him by a relative. He finds that he is unwelcome.

2x14 The richest man in the world

  • 1957-07-17T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

""A young girl's boy friend is appalled at the way she plays on people's emotions for monetary rewards. She tries to make him understand that her meager salary will not support her aunt, her uncle and herself. When a rich old man comes to their small village, the girl goes immediately to strike up another friendship""--TV guide.

2x15 The Fable of Harry

  • 1957-07-12T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Harry Parker, a man who has spent his entire life traveling with carivals learns that the granddaughter of a woman he had once loved lives in the small town where the carnival has stopped. The girl's finance comes to play the shell game with the money the couple have saved for their wedding. - Tv Guide

3x01 End of The Rope

  • Season Premiere

    1958-06-27T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

In a small town, enraged townsfolk refuse to believe the tale of a stranger. He claims that the man they believe committed a murder was miles away at the time of the killing.

3x02 Rain In the Morning

  • 1958-06-26T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Frank Wilson is bringing his boss home for dinner and is anxious to make a good impression. He asks his wife Jane to try not to be so shy and tells her she must learn to be more decisive. During the day a strange young man comes to the house posing as a magazine salesman. Jane feels that this a good opportunity to practice being forceful.- Tv Guide

3x03 From the Desk of Margaret Tydings

  • 1958-06-25T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

A successful career woman falls ill and discovers someone has been administering small doses of poison to her every day. - Tv Guide

3x04 Journey Into Darkness

  • 1958-06-24T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

After years of carrying the responsibilities of two jobs, Mitchell Dayton has a nervous breakdown. He moves his family to Florida where he takes a job in a gas station. One afternoon he is knocked unconscious, and when he awakens he is hundreds of miles away from home with no money, no identification, and suffers from amnesia. - Tv Guide

3x05 The Prophet Hosea

  • 1958-06-23T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Gomer, a beautiful young girl is blamed by townspeople for the suicide of one of their men. They are about to kill her when Hosea saves her life. The young prophet falls in love with Gomer, grateful to Hosea, promises to become his wife. - Tv Guide

3x06 The 65th Floor

  • 1958-06-09T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Recently promoted, a young man is offered help in learning his new duties. The offer comes from a young-lady collegue, whose real motive is to break up his marriage.

3x07 The Cause

  • 1958-05-12T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

3x08 The Story of Marcia Gordon

  • 1958-06-10T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Marcia Miller has inherited her successful mother's talent for fashion designing. But Marcia has decided she doesn't want to follow in her mother's footsteps. - Tv Guide

3x09 Town in a Turmoil

  • 1958-06-11T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Pretty Martha Radway is vigorously campaigning with members of the League of Women Voters for a new school in their town.

3x10 Washington Square

  • 1958-06-12T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

Dr. Austin Sloper had always hoped that his daughter Catherine would grow into as charming and brilliant as woman as her mother had been. But Catherine grew up to be a very ordinary woman. - Tv Guide

3x11 Course for Collision

  • 1958-06-12T04:00:00Z — 60 mins

The year is 1962, and it is known that Russia is planning a full-scale nuclear attack against the U. S and Canada. In a desperate last-minute effort to avert war, the president makes plans to fly to Russia to meet directly with the Russian leaders. - Tv Guide